CSU has policy in place for sole source bids and when only one company makes something that qualifies just like most other companies. As far as competition, that has already been addressed. $30 million less in capital, $6 million less it running cost, for better performance and less water use that competing scrubbers. I fail to see how I as a rate payer am getting a bad deal.
And the plant isn't coming down. There is nothing in the works right now that would make that happen. The plant will be retired at some point, but that is a different discussion. That is proper planning and use of resources. Not some flash in the pan idea of bulldozing a perfectly good power plant that delivers economical reliable power, that o's paid for and secures bonds, so you can plop a hod dog stand on top of it. Talk about an affront to rate payers.
The scrubber was tested over 5 years now. The Board approved it at every point. I do not know the exact number of votes that took place on this matter, but it has been numerous. The scrubber was approved for installation by the Board and by The State. Parts were bought, designs were made, work began.
CSU publishes a long range plan and updates it every 5 years. The most economical and reliable solution for Colorado Springs is for Drake to continue operating. It will continue to be economical for 20 years. It's paid for, and it it operates over industry standards for reliability.
Then, someone drew up a plan to park Sky Sox stadium on top of it on the back of a cocktail napkin. Now after 5 years of work, all the parts bought, design complete, countless votes, community input to continue, and 2 studies as to the economical viability of Drake.... Colorado Springs is supposed to put the brakes on and spend more money on another study to see if we can come up with an answer someone else wants.
Except, just to be clear... the current study is to see what the alternatives would be if Drake was retired in 10, 15, or 20 years. It is not a study on decommissioning Drake now and not installing the scrubbers no matter how much some want to turn it into that. And the last Board vote was 7-2 to install the scrubber at the end of last year.
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